Here’s How P/E Ratios Can Help Us Understand Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (NYSE:SKX)

Today, we’ll introduce the concept of the P/E ratio for those who are learning about investing. We’ll look at Skechers U.S.A., Inc.’s (NYSE:SKX) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company’s share price. What is Skechers U.S.A’s P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 14.97. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 6.7%.

See our latest analysis for Skechers U.S.A

How Do I Calculate A Price To Earnings Ratio?

The formula for price to earnings is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Price per Share ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for Skechers U.S.A:

P/E of 14.97 = $33.830 ÷ $2.259 (Based on the trailing twelve months to December 2019.)

(Note: the above calculation results may not be precise due to rounding.)

Is A High Price-to-Earnings Ratio Good?

A higher P/E ratio means that investors are paying a higher price for each $1 of company earnings. That isn’t necessarily good or bad, but a high P/E implies relatively high expectations of what a company can achieve in the future.

How Does Skechers U.S.A’s P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

The P/E ratio essentially measures market expectations of a company. The image below shows that Skechers U.S.A has a P/E ratio that is roughly in line with the luxury industry average (16.1).

NYSE:SKX Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 2nd 2020
NYSE:SKX Price Estimation Relative to Market, March 2nd 2020

Skechers U.S.A’s P/E tells us that market participants think its prospects are roughly in line with its industry. If the company has better than average prospects, then the market might be underestimating it. Checking factors such as director buying and selling. could help you form your own view on if that will happen.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Generally speaking the rate of earnings growth has a profound impact on a company’s P/E multiple. Earnings growth means that in the future the ‘E’ will be higher. And in that case, the P/E ratio itself will drop rather quickly. A lower P/E should indicate the stock is cheap relative to others — and that may attract buyers.

Most would be impressed by Skechers U.S.A earnings growth of 17% in the last year. And it has bolstered its earnings per share by 20% per year over the last five years. So one might expect an above average P/E ratio.

A Limitation: P/E Ratios Ignore Debt and Cash In The Bank

One drawback of using a P/E ratio is that it considers market capitalization, but not the balance sheet. So it won’t reflect the advantage of cash, or disadvantage of debt. In theory, a company can lower its future P/E ratio by using cash or debt to invest in growth.

While growth expenditure doesn’t always pay off, the point is that it is a good option to have; but one that the P/E ratio ignores.

How Does Skechers U.S.A’s Debt Impact Its P/E Ratio?

With net cash of US$816m, Skechers U.S.A has a very strong balance sheet, which may be important for its business. Having said that, at 16% of its market capitalization the cash hoard would contribute towards a higher P/E ratio.

The Bottom Line On Skechers U.S.A’s P/E Ratio

Skechers U.S.A has a P/E of 15.0. That’s below the average in the US market, which is 16.8. The net cash position gives plenty of options to the business, and the recent improvement in EPS is good to see. The below average P/E ratio suggests that market participants don’t believe the strong growth will continue. Given analysts are expecting further growth, one I would have expected a higher P/E ratio. So this stock may well be worth further research.

Investors have an opportunity when market expectations about a stock are wrong. As value investor Benjamin Graham famously said, ‘In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine. So this free visual report on analyst forecasts could hold the key to an excellent investment decision.

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